Minneapolis, MN 55417
City Pages' Description
A red-sauce southern Italian restaurant with some lovely golden lighting, miles of seating, and a few contemporary non-Italian restaurant treats, Al Vento is as popular among Minneapolis's south siders as kids, dogs, and televisions. And who can blame them? The Caesar salad is as perky as a frisky Pomeranian, but comes with a much higher-grade Parmesan cheese. The fennel sausage pizza is covered with chunks of sausage as chubby as campfire marshmallows. The house-made fettuccine with clam sauce is as fresh and zesty as an episode of Desperate Housewives, but easier to talk about at the block club meeting. A lovely summer patio rounds out the restaurant--so why don't you join the rest of the Lake Nokomis area and blow young chef Jonathan Hunt a kiss? He's made the good life on the South Side just that much better.
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I adore this place. On Mondays and Tuesdays they have 1/2 bottles of wine and $20 per person date night special including appetizer, entree, and desert :) Also the atmosphere is perfect for a date.
Voted Best Italian Restaurant of 2013! It's not new, but it's definitely fresh. It's not flashy, but it still sparkles.This chef-driven restaurant shows that sometimes simplicity trumps all.
Their menu changes with pizza, pasta, and choices of seafood. Tuesday Night Date Night-$20/3 courses. This Italian fare is served in a simple relaxed atmosphere.
Wait staff is fantastic and their happy hour ain't too bad either! A must visit for the south Minneapolis hood.
Tried Al Vento for Restaurant Week and the food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back. However, the service definitely needs improvement. Painfully slow.
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It's getting down to the wire to plan Mother's Day festivities for this Sunday, May 13. If you aren't looking forward to spending the week... More on Al Vento »
Al Vento 5001 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis 612.724.3009 www.alventorestaurant.com What does Jonathan Hunt, the charming 29-year-old behind the... More on Al Vento »
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